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No. 19 Kentucky @ No. 3 Tennessee: How to Watch, Key Stats, Betting Odds

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Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker in the Dark Mode uniforms. Photo by Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

The Vols will be back hosting Top 25 talent in Neyland Stadium this weekend. However, for the first time this year, Tennessee will be hosting an SEC opponent under the lights of Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee will welcome in No. 19 Kentucky this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. While the Wildcats have been bouncing around the Top 25 rankings all season, Kentucky does bring a good team into town led by NFL hopeful Will Levis.

Do Levis and the Kentucky offense have the firepower to keep pace with Tennessee, though? That’s the big question surrounding Saturday’s game considering Tennessee boasts the No. 1 offense in the nation. Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman is reportedly back for this game, although we will know for certain on Saturday, only adding to the horses that are in Tennessee’s offensive stable.

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Here’s everything you need to know for this weekend’s game:

How to Watch – No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 SEC) @ No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers (7-0, 3-0 SEC):

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022
  • Location: Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN – Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe
  • Online Streaming:
    • WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN App
  • Radio (Knoxville): The Vol Network/The Vol Network App
  • Radio: SiriusXM Ch. 81 (App Ch. 81)

Betting Odds:

Odds up to date as of 10/28 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

  • Fanduel Sportsbook
    • Spread: Tennessee -11.5 (-110)/Kentucky +11.5 (-110)
    • Moneyline: Tennessee -450/Kentucky +340
    • Total: Over/Under 61.5 (-110)
  • DraftKings
    • Spread: Tennessee -12 (-110)/Kentucky +12 (-110)
    • Moneyline: Tennessee -470/Kentucky +310
    • Total: Over/Under 61 (-110)

ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Tennessee an 82.9 percent chance to win.

Previous Matchups

The Kentucky Wildcats are one of Tennessee’s oldest rivals to date with more than 110 matchups between the two. Most of those, though, have been won by Tennessee.

The Vols held a 26-game win streak over the Wildcats from 1985 until it was broken during the 2011 season. However, since then, Tennessee has won all but two matchups (2017, 2020).

Tennessee has an 82-26-9 record against Kentucky all-time.

  • Nov. 6, 2021 – Tennessee def. Kentucky 45-42 – Lexington
  • Oct. 17, 2020 – Kentucky def. Tennessee 34-7 – Knoxville
  • Nov. 9, 2019 – Tennessee def. Kentucky 17-13 – Lexington
  • Nov. 10, 2018 – Tennessee def. Kentucky 24-7 – Knoxville
  • Oct. 28, 2017 – Kentucky def. Tennessee 29-26 – Lexington

Stat Leaders (2022 Season)

Tennessee:

  • Passing: Hendon Hooker – 137/194, 2093 yards, 18 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Jaylen Wright – 85 carries, 405 yards, 4 TDs
  • Receiving: Jalin Hyatt – 40 receptions, 769 yards, 12 TDs

Kentucky:

  • Passing: Will Levis – 114/164, 1635 yards, 13 TDs, 5 INTs
  • Rushing: Chris Rodriguez Jr – 72 carries, 395 yards, 3 TDs
  • Receiving: Tayvion Robinson – 25 receptions, 392 yards, 3 TDs

2022 Records

Tennessee:

  • Week 1: Win – vs Ball State – 59-10
  • Week 2: Win – @ No. 24 Pittsburgh – 34-27 (OT)
  • Week 3: Win – vs Akron – 63-6
  • Week 4: Win – vs No. 20 Florida – 38-33
  • Week 5: BYE
  • Week 6: Win – @ No. 25 LSU – 40-13
  • Week 7: Win – vs No. 3 Alabama – 52-49
  • Week 8: Win – vs UT Martin – 65-24

Kentucky:

  • Week 1: Win – vs Miami – 37-13
  • Week 2: Win – @ No. 12 Florida – 26-16
  • Week 3: Win – vs Youngstown State – 31-0
  • Week 4: Win – vs Northern Illinois – 31-23
  • Week 5: Loss – @ No. 14 Ole Miss – 22-19
  • Week 6: Loss – vs South Carolina – 24-14
  • Week 7: Win – vs No. 16 Mississippi State – 27-17
  • Week 8: BYE

Gameday Information (via UT Sports)

  • Will Call Opens at Gate 21 – 3 p.m.
  • Truly’s Tailgate Opens – 3 p.m.
  • Vol Village Opens – 3:30 p.m.
  • Vol Walk – 4:45 p.m.
  • Gates Open – 5 p.m.
  • Pride of the Southland Band March – 5:20 p.m. (Pedestrian Bridge)
  • Pregame Light Show* – 6:40 p.m.
    • *Light Sensitivity Warning: Strobe lights will be in effect
  • Pride of the Southland Band Pregame Performance Begins – 6:52 p.m.
  • National Anthem/Flyover – 6:55 p.m.
  • ESPN Broadcast Begins –  7:00 p.m.
  • Vols Run Through the T – 7:03 p.m.
  • Kickoff – 7:06 p.m.

Tennessee Week Nine Uniform

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Tennessee’s new all-black Dark Mode helmet. Photo via @Vol_Football on Twitter.

Head Coach Josh Heupel – Thursday Press Conference

Tennessee Week Nine Depth Chart

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